RICH COLONIAL HERITAGE IN GRANADA, NICARAGUA
Welcome to Granada in Nicaragua!
We spent five nice days in Leon and were looking forward to go to Granada, which is supposed to be very similar, but with more lovely renovated houses. From the bus termial in Leon we took a minibus to Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Here we had to change for the bus to Granada. The whole trip only took us three hours and although most travellers book a private shuttle, we recommend the “chicken bus” option to save money (it only costs 4 dollars per person).
Granada is located along the coast of the Lake Nicaragua, the world’s twentieth largest lake. After being surrounded by volcanoes in Leon, we were excited about seeing water again ;). The Bus dropped us off at the Central Park and just a few hundred meters further we found our hostel, called “Hamacas“.
While exploring Granada in Nicaragua during the day, we felt a bit lonely, cause there were hardly any tourists. A lot of hotel and hostel staff was standing in the streets, trying to get some guests. Golf ball BoB and we were very curious about Lake Nicaragua and walked to the coastline. Here we found a nice place where you can stroll under palm trees but we were very disappointed about the shore. It’s a shame that a touristy city like Granada is not able to clean a few hundred meters of beach. A little further we saw a gate to the “Tourist Zone” where you have to pay a small entrance fee. Lars had a feeling that it’s not worth to go there and he was right. Two Americans just left the place and said we should not go there because everything was closed and there was nothing to see or do.
Besides the nice palm tree area at the lake Granada in Nicaragua offers many cute streets with colorful painted houses. Escpecially around the Central Park we liked the beautiful colonial-era architecture that gives Granada a spacial atmosphere.
Although quite similar, Leon and Granada in Nicaragua are both worth a visit!
Granada and Leon are both nice cities and look very similar. When you are not interessted in volcanoe boarding, Granada is the better option for your trip. You will find more colonial style areas and houses, beautiful churches and you have a nice area with loads of bars and restaurants.
The hostel “Hamacas” has really low rates and the rooms are o.k. Anyway if you stay longer than two nights in Granada, look for another hostel.